Glasgow Rangers supporters unfurled a huge tifo in tribute to the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, on Wednesday in the Champions League. Another atmosphere among the rivals of Celtic who unfurled an insulting banner.
Two stadiums, two atmospheres. A little less than a week after the death of the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, last Thursday, the supporters of two of Glasgow’s flagship clubs paid very different tributes to her on Wednesday on the sidelines of their respective Champions League matches. Those of the Rangers deployed a huge tifo representing the Union Jack, the flag of the United Kingdom, and a face of the Queen above the banner: « Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1926-2022 ».
The Scottish club also observed a minute of silence before playing the British anthem, « God Save The King », before the kick-off of the match against Napoli (0-3) while UEFA, organizer of the competition opposed it. He is therefore liable to penalties.
The atmosphere was quite different in the visitor park of Celtic fans during the match against Shakhtar Donetsk (1-1), played in Warsaw (Poland). Scottish fans have indeed deployed a banner insulting the royal family: « Fuck the crown » (basically, « we fuck the crown »).
The broadcaster had to apologize
BT Sport, the British broadcaster of the meeting, even had to apologize for having broadcast the message during the retransmission. Celtic fans deployed another tongue-in-cheek message, quoting Michael Fagan, named after the Queen-obsessed Englishman who managed to sneak into Elizabeth II’s bedroom at Buckingham Palace in 1982: « Our deepest condolences Michael Fagan “, they wrote. Failing to authorize the anthem, UEFA had allowed British clubs to observe a minute of silence, except for the Celtic match.
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Rangers and Celtic have long had a visceral hatred for each other amid religious disputes. They also experience their relationship to the English monarchy very differently. To summarise, Rangers FC has, since its creation in 1872, been rooted in the Protestant population of Glasgow and loyal to the crown of England. Celtic FC, founded in 1887, is backed by Catholics and closer to the Irish community.